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Introducing Pinta cross-platform bitmap image drawing and editing program inspired by Paint.NET.

Pinta_iconPinta is a open-source, cross-platform bitmap image drawing and editing program inspired by Paint.NET, a similar image editing program which is limited to Microsoft Windows.

Pinta is lighter and simpler than popular open-source image editor GIMP. It has fewer features than GIMP.

Pinta is a bitmap image editor with many features typical of image editing software including drawing tools, image filters and colour adjustment tools.[3] The focus on usability is reflected in several of the main features of the program:

    Unlimited undo history.
    Multiple language support.

    Flexible toolbar arrangement, including floating as windows or docking around the image edge.

Unlike some simple image editing software, Pinta also features support for image layers.

After playing around for a few hours, I actually had a working paintbrush and canvas. Intrigued by my success, I played around with it for a few more days.

By the end of the week I had a nifty little paint program with a few features. Now, a month later, it's time to open my little project up to the world: Pinta.

Current version: 1.4 (Released September 27, 2012)


  • Magic Wand tool selection modes (Union, Exclude, Xor, and Intersect).
  • Layer blend modes.
  • Reduced memory usage in the Open Images Pad (over 100mb in some cases).
  • Significantly reduced memory usage for history (only the difference between
    the two images is stored)
  • Copy/Paste support for the text tool.
  • Improved rendering performance.
  • The colour picker tool now supports different sampling sizes, and sampling
    from a single layer or the entire image.
  • Improved support for special characters and alternate input methods in the
    text tool.
  • Added a Copy Merged command to copy the flattened image/selection to the
    clipboard, instead of just the current layer.
  • Added a drop shadow to the canvas.
  • Improved support for extensions:
  • Extensions can be initialized/uninitialized properly, including removing
    any tools/effects that were registered.
  • Downloads from remote repositories are now enabled.

  • Pinta is a clone of Paint.NET. It already has a small, but hopefully useful, set of features like multiple layers and infinite levels of Undo/Redo.

    I hope to implement the same feature set as Paint.NET. Currently there are several tools missing, as well as adjustments like brightness/contrast and levels and Paint.NET's effects.

    Being written in Mono/Gtk, Pinta is naturally cross-platform.

    Full History
    Full History
    Don't be afraid to experiment, Pinta tracks your full history so you can always undo.
    Adjustments and Effects
    Adjustments and Effects
    Pinta includes over 35 adjustments and effects for tweaking your images.
    Adjustments and Effects
    Your Workspace
    Like docked windows? No problem. Floating windows? No problem. Pinta will even let you mix and match.
    Drawing Tools
    Drawing Tools
    Use easy drawing tools to draw freehand, lines, rectangles, ellipses, and more.
    Multiple Layers
    Unlimited Layers
    Use layers to help separate and group elements of your image for easy editing.
    Multiple Layers
    Use Pinta in your language. Pinta is at least partially translated into over 55 languages.

    Download e install.

    Source Code
    Source Code (Github)
    Pinta on GitHub

    Pinta Repository.
    Pinta is available in a software repository, or PPA. In an Ubuntu-based Linux distribution it is very easy to add a new PPA to your software repository lists to install new software or provide system updates.

    After installing a repository one of the easiest ways to install almost any application is to use the Ubuntu Software Center. If you already have this in your repository list continue to Installing Pinta via the Ubuntu Software Center.

    Copy, one line at a time, to install the following PPA to get the latest stable release and paste them in a terminal and press ENTER:

    Ubuntu Maverick Merkat, Natty Narwhal  & Oneiric Ocelot.
    sudo add-apt-repository ppa:pinta-maintainers/pinta-stable/ubuntu

    Once you've installed the above PPA, then you must update you system with their package lists. Run the following command:

    sudo apt-get update

    Once you have a PPA setup with Pinta on it and have updated your package list, you are now ready to install Pinta.

    Ubuntu Precise Pangolin.

    sudo add-apt-repository ppa:pinta-maintainers/pinta-stable

    Once you've installed the above PPA, then you must update you system with their package lists. Run the following command:

    sudo apt-get update

    Once you have a PPA setup with Pinta on it and have updated your package list, you are now ready to install Pinta.

    Installing Pinta via the Terminal.
    After the PPA has been setup (see above), you can install Pinta.

    You can easily install Pinta from the terminal with this command:

    sudo apt-get install pinta
    Installing Pinta via the Ubuntu Software Center.

    Once you have the PPA's setup and your system updated with their package list, now we can install Pinta via the Ubuntu Software Center:

    • Launch the Ubuntu Software Center

    • Search for "pinta"

    • Click the 'Install' button to install Pinta.

    • Once it is installed you can now use Pinta. Navigate to: Menu > Graphics > Pinta (This is the default location in most menu systems. Your results may vary.)

    Using the Tarball.

    A tarball is like a ZIP file. It is a single file with many files inside it. Like a ZIP file, it has to be extracted before you can use the files in them.

    First, you must download the tarball. Head on over to the Download page and click on the Download link under Tarball. Download the file where ever you'd like, just be sure you remember where.
    Second, we need to extract it. You can either use your mouse to right-click on the Tarball file and select 'Extract here' or you can use the terminal if you are more comfortable with that.

    Here is the command to extract the files via the terminal, be sure you are in the same folder as the tarball:

    tar -zxf pinta-VERSION.tar.gz

    Using GitHub. 

    Ubuntu Oneiric.

    Ubuntu 11.10 Oneiric Ocelot uses a newer version of Mono than previous versions.
    Follow the below instructions to compile Pinta from GitHub on your Ubuntu 11.10 Oneiric Ocelot system.

    1. Install build development tools

    sudo apt-get build-dep pinta

    2. Install git version control system
    sudo apt-get install git

    3. Download program's source code

    git clone https://github.com/PintaProject/Pinta.git Pinta

    4. Change directory to Pinta
    cd Pinta

    5. Automatic build system preparation

    6. Compile the code

    7. Run Pinta
    make run

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    About Hugo Repetto

    Ubuntu is a Linux distribution that offers an operating system predominantly focused on desktop computers but also provides support for servers. Based on Debian GNU / Linux, Ubuntu focuses on ease of use, freedom in usage restriction, regular releases (every 6 months) and ease of installation.
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